The Hermeneutic Tradition: From Ast to Ricoeur

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Let us conclude. Understanding can attain general validity only in relationship to written documents. Even if hermeneutics should make interpretation conscious of its modes of procedure and of its justification, F. A. Wolf would be right not to deem the usefulness of such a theoretical discipline as very great in comparison with its living practice. But above and beyond its practical merit for the business of interpretation, there seems to me to be a further purpose behind such theorizing, indeed its main purpose: to preserve the general validity of interpretation against the inroads of romantic caprice and skeptical subjectivity, and to give a theoretical justification for such validity, upon which all the certainty of historical knowledge is founded. Seen in the context of the theory of knowledge, of logic, and the methodology of the human studies, the theory of interpretation becomes an essential connecting link between philosophy and the historical disciplines, an essential component in the foundation of the human studies themselves.

Translated by Fredric Jameson


Notes
*
Wilhelm Dilthey, "Die Entstehung der Hermeneutik," Gesammelte Schriften, Vol. V ( Stuttgart: B. G. Teubner; Göttingen: Vandenhoock und Ruprecht, 1964), pp. 317-331--ED.
1.
In "Die Kunst als erste Darstellung der menschlich-geschichtlichen Welt in ihrer Individuation," Gesammelte Schriften, V ( Stuttgart, 1957), 273-303 --TRANS.
2.
Throughout this translation, Auslegung is rendered as "exegesis" and Interpretation is rendered as "interpretation."
3.
The fragment to which Dilthey refers is most likely Schleiermacher's notes collected as "The Aphorisms of 1805" reprinted above pp. 57-84--ED.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Editors'' Introduction 1
  • Notes 28
  • Part I - The Hermeneutic Legend 37
  • 1 - Hermeneutics 54
  • 2 - The Aphorisms on Hermeneutics from 1805 and 1809/10 83
  • 3 - The Hermeneutics- Outline of the 1819 Lectures 1 99
  • 4 - The Rise of Hermeneutics 114
  • 5 - Being and Time 139
  • Part II - Hermeneutics and Critical Theory- Dialogues on Methodology 145
  • 7 - Hermeneutics as the General Methodology of the Geisteswissenschaften 194
  • 8 - Truth and Method 198
  • 9 - A Review of Gadamer''s Truth and Method 241
  • 10 - The Hermeneutic Claim to Universality 270
  • 11 - Reply to My Critics 294
  • 12 - Hermeneutics and the Critique of Ideology 333
  • Selected Bibliography 335
  • Contributors 367
  • Index 369
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